RICHMOND, Va. -- Washington Redskins defensive lineman Chris Baker likes to ride the kickers, Kai Forbath in particular, during field goal work. He'll wager a little money on Forbath's attempts, offering him cash if he makes the kick.
So, Saturday, it was Baker's turn. Players gathered around, shouting at him from a few feet away. The tension built and Baker responded by … kicking a ball that never left the ground.
He blamed it on the holder, assistant strength and conditioning coach Chad Englehart.
"He let the ball go, that's the only reason I missed the ball," Baker said, smiling. "It was a bad hold. He got nervous I was going to kick his hands so he let the ball go. It was already on the ground. If not for him, I would have made that field goal."
Perhaps Forbath got a little pleasure out of it, though he had his own worries after missing three of his four attempts. But Baker isn't worried about that, or about losing money to him.
"I win every time," Baker said. "Every time I put that money up, they miss it."
Some quick observations:
Quarterback Robert Griffin III completed a deep ball to receiver Rashad Ross, beating DeAngelo Hall in 7-on-7 work. Griffin hit him in stride. A couple plays later, Griffin completed about a 20-yard pass to Pierre Garcon, who got past Chris Culliver and was wide open. I was watching something else on the play and did not see how Garcon got free, but the ball hit him in stride. Griffin was pumped after that play.
Griffin threw the ball well for much of practice. He had a good throw out to the left in the red zone to rookie receiver Evan Spencer and he also ran a quarterback draw for a touchdown. Was an effective player the first half of his rookie year in the red zone.
Quarterback Colt McCoy had a couple issues throwing the ball today; Tajh Hasson made a nice pick on one of his throws over the middle, taking the ball away from the receiver. Quarterback Kirk Cousins threw a back-shoulder pass to receiver Ryan Grant, who made a nice grab in the end zone. The timing was good as corner DreQuan Hoskey could not react to the throw.
Though Brandon Scherff allows defenders into his chest, he does have the power to anchor and not get driven back. Defensive end Stephen Paea is a good challenge for him; Paea is quick but also strong.
Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan would have had a couple sacks in practice, beating tackle Takoby Cofield. It helped the defense that left tackle Trent Williams was unable to practice because of a knee issue. Trent Murphy sped around Tom Compton for what would have been another sack of Griffin later in practice.
Linebacker Junior Galette participated in full-team work for the first time, taking a couple snaps at right end in nickel situations. The man springs out of his four-point stance, crouching and then exploding. He likes to go wide and can really dip low and turn the corner. He got past the tackle once by doing so. The next time, he stutter stepped then dashed inside. I'd like to see him vs. Williams. I did see him beat tight end Je'Ron Hamm on a rush that would have resulted in, at the least, a hit on Griffin. You can see the energy Galette brings to the field.
Linebacker Preston Smith was a bit too strong for Hamm on one block; Smith's first step got him inside and his power kept him there.